Gas and electricity price hike to hit East Lancashire residents

A HIKE in the cost of gas and electricity will deal a blow to already-worried East Lancashire pensioners, according to a charity boss.

British Gas has announced it will increase prices by six per cent from next month, meaning the the average annual bill will increase by around £80 to £1,238.

Rival fuel company SSE, which trades as Southern Electric, Swalec and Scottish Hydro, is due to increase tariffs by 9 per cent Monday, hitting about five million electricity customers and 3.4 million gas customers.

Vicky Shepherd, deputy chief officer of Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, said pensioners could be worse hit than most.

She said: “I know a lot of local older people are concerned about the cost of fuel bills already, so this news is only going to increase their concern.

“Pensioners are living on a fixed income and to find that extra money might mean they have to cut back on other expenditure. For some people, it might mean turning the heating off when it really should be on.

“Pensioners do get help from the Winter Fuel Payment, and everyone is very grateful for that, but potentially, the average cost increases are more for older people as they tend to be less mobile and stay inside the house more, and they are more likely to have a health condition meaning that they need to keep warm.”

Explaining the price rise, Phil Bentley, the British Gas managing director, said: “Britain’s North Sea gas supplies are running out, and British Gas has to pay the going rate for gas in a competitive global marketplace.

”Furthermore, the investment needed to maintain and upgrade the national grid to deliver energy to our customers’ homes, and the costs of the Government’s policies for a clean, energy-efficient Britain, are all going up.”

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5:20pm Sat 13 Oct 12

vicn1956 says...

Go online and see what we are throwing away on green energy + windmills esp.That will dismay you!
Go online and see what we are throwing away on green energy + windmills esp.That will dismay you! vicn1956

5:36pm Sat 13 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

The big squeeze of the commoner continues. There is more in there somewhere.
The big squeeze of the commoner continues. There is more in there somewhere. RUinsane

6:19pm Sat 13 Oct 12

2 for 5p says...

This is what happens when You close down the mining industry as arthur scargil says told you so . He pridicted this in 84 again the country let down by the torys and SCABs , oh sorry I forgot all torys are SCABs.
This is what happens when You close down the mining industry as arthur scargil says told you so . He pridicted this in 84 again the country let down by the torys and SCABs , oh sorry I forgot all torys are SCABs. 2 for 5p

6:35pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Noiticer says...

Privatisation of th utilities was supposed to bring competiton and lower prices. Has it? Would not for profit state regulated utilities be a better option? Why isn't the Labour Party policy to introduce such a system? Surely this would work for the benefit of the people rather than a few shareholders and executives.
Privatisation of th utilities was supposed to bring competiton and lower prices. Has it? Would not for profit state regulated utilities be a better option? Why isn't the Labour Party policy to introduce such a system? Surely this would work for the benefit of the people rather than a few shareholders and executives. Noiticer

6:58pm Sat 13 Oct 12

shytalk says...

Get a woodburner/multifuel
..Defra approved ( if you live in a smokless area )
Watch your fuel bills drop through the floor.
Get a woodburner/multifuel ..Defra approved ( if you live in a smokless area ) Watch your fuel bills drop through the floor. shytalk

7:05pm Sat 13 Oct 12

mavrick says...

There can be no justification for such huge increases. I have to say the last government was not a labour government , We are being robbed by these companies which were ours before being privatised. Just like the Banks are going to screw us over big time, you can,t demand to be paid in cash anymore or pay bills by weekly book payments in cash without being charged extra. we need to take back control of our utilities. The Tories have always lined their own pockets first at the expense of the tax payer.
There can be no justification for such huge increases. I have to say the last government was not a labour government , We are being robbed by these companies which were ours before being privatised. Just like the Banks are going to screw us over big time, you can,t demand to be paid in cash anymore or pay bills by weekly book payments in cash without being charged extra. we need to take back control of our utilities. The Tories have always lined their own pockets first at the expense of the tax payer. mavrick

7:07pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
This is what happens when You close down the mining industry as arthur scargil says told you so . He pridicted this in 84 again the country let down by the torys and SCABs , oh sorry I forgot all torys are SCABs.
I doubt Arthur was right at all 2 for 5p we could not burn coal in our power stations if we wanted to European legislation has seen to this.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when You close down the mining industry as arthur scargil says told you so . He pridicted this in 84 again the country let down by the torys and SCABs , oh sorry I forgot all torys are SCABs.[/p][/quote]I doubt Arthur was right at all 2 for 5p we could not burn coal in our power stations if we wanted to European legislation has seen to this. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:09pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

shytalk wrote:
Get a woodburner/multifuel

..Defra approved ( if you live in a smokless area )
Watch your fuel bills drop through the floor.
I bought mine last year but still have not got it fitted, hopefully in the next few weeks we shall see.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Get a woodburner/multifuel ..Defra approved ( if you live in a smokless area ) Watch your fuel bills drop through the floor.[/p][/quote]I bought mine last year but still have not got it fitted, hopefully in the next few weeks we shall see. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:14pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

mavrick wrote:
There can be no justification for such huge increases. I have to say the last government was not a labour government , We are being robbed by these companies which were ours before being privatised. Just like the Banks are going to screw us over big time, you can,t demand to be paid in cash anymore or pay bills by weekly book payments in cash without being charged extra. we need to take back control of our utilities. The Tories have always lined their own pockets first at the expense of the tax payer.
Hi Maverick if you do a bit of research you will find all these increases are to pay for the wind farm networks etc. We are paying for a useless technology that does not work that's the worst part about it :(
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: There can be no justification for such huge increases. I have to say the last government was not a labour government , We are being robbed by these companies which were ours before being privatised. Just like the Banks are going to screw us over big time, you can,t demand to be paid in cash anymore or pay bills by weekly book payments in cash without being charged extra. we need to take back control of our utilities. The Tories have always lined their own pockets first at the expense of the tax payer.[/p][/quote]Hi Maverick if you do a bit of research you will find all these increases are to pay for the wind farm networks etc. We are paying for a useless technology that does not work that's the worst part about it :( Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:19pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Also anyone that is interested in Energy storage might like to look up Liquid Air as an alternative to Batteries, especially useful to power stations.
Also anyone that is interested in Energy storage might like to look up Liquid Air as an alternative to Batteries, especially useful to power stations. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

8:46pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Good call says...

Just another example of the elite robbing more money form the plebs.We are being bled dry by a bunch of scumbags who couldn't care less about the impact of what they do
Just another example of the elite robbing more money form the plebs.We are being bled dry by a bunch of scumbags who couldn't care less about the impact of what they do Good call

8:59pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Good call wrote:
Just another example of the elite robbing more money form the plebs.We are being bled dry by a bunch of scumbags who couldn't care less about the impact of what they do
Hi Good Call Please read what I wrote to Maverick above this is what we are all having to pay for.
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: Just another example of the elite robbing more money form the plebs.We are being bled dry by a bunch of scumbags who couldn't care less about the impact of what they do[/p][/quote]Hi Good Call Please read what I wrote to Maverick above this is what we are all having to pay for. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

10:20pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Pendlesider says...

mavrick is correct in that customers are charged extra if they don't pay by direct debit (DD) and choose to pay on receipt of their energy Bill (or choose to pay each week for example). Direct debit is the biggest con of modern payment methods and rarely benefits the consumer and mostly benefits the energy company. Direct debit has effectively become a scam by which energy companies profit to the tune of millions of pounds a year.
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utilities companies use 'Incentives' to get your money as fast as possible into their accounts. For example, they offer percentage 'reductions' for schemes such as 'prompt payment' or 'direct debit'.
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If you choose to pay a little each week, then when the dreaded energy bill arrives its either zero or at least manageable and not encroaching into other payments - such as direct debit mortgage payments. Of course this means the energy companies will penalise you for not paying by direct debit in the first instance and you'll receive no DD discounts.
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these 'massive price hikes' by the energy companies are clearly unjustified, yet to ensure the huge increases are 'dampened'; the customer needs to use its purchasing power to make them unsustainable. To do this we should all go back to basics and pay our energy bills in small installments - for example weekly at the post office or other paypoint/payzone outlet.
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Without going into details of 'how' this will stifle the onslaught of unjustified energy price hikes, you will be budgeting better, and at the same time making sure the RIP-OFF energy companies can't make accurate future price increase predictions that currently leave the energy firms in massive surplus profit.
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The criminal increases in energy bills can be curtailed if we all went back to basics and paid a little when we can afford it, and not give the energy rats the lump sums that have enabled them to con us in the past.
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EITHER that, or we all wear thermal clothes and turn the TV off when the X-Factor starts its annual diatribe of manufactured weekly 'excuse' for a top of the pops alternative?
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http://mavericksunit
e.blogspot.co.uk/
mavrick is correct in that customers are charged extra if they don't pay by direct debit (DD) and choose to pay on receipt of their energy Bill (or choose to pay each week for example). Direct debit is the biggest con of modern payment methods and rarely benefits the consumer and mostly benefits the energy company. Direct debit has effectively become a scam by which energy companies profit to the tune of millions of pounds a year. . utilities companies use 'Incentives' to get your money as fast as possible into their accounts. For example, they offer percentage 'reductions' for schemes such as 'prompt payment' or 'direct debit'. . If you choose to pay a little each week, then when the dreaded energy bill arrives its either zero or at least manageable and not encroaching into other payments - such as direct debit mortgage payments. Of course this means the energy companies will penalise you for not paying by direct debit in the first instance and you'll receive no DD discounts. . these 'massive price hikes' by the energy companies are clearly unjustified, yet to ensure the huge increases are 'dampened'; the customer needs to use its purchasing power to make them unsustainable. To do this we should all go back to basics and pay our energy bills in small installments - for example weekly at the post office or other paypoint/payzone outlet. . Without going into details of 'how' this will stifle the onslaught of unjustified energy price hikes, you will be budgeting better, and at the same time making sure the RIP-OFF energy companies can't make accurate future price increase predictions that currently leave the energy firms in massive surplus profit. . The criminal increases in energy bills can be curtailed if we all went back to basics and paid a little when we can afford it, and not give the energy rats the lump sums that have enabled them to con us in the past. . EITHER that, or we all wear thermal clothes and turn the TV off when the X-Factor starts its annual diatribe of manufactured weekly 'excuse' for a top of the pops alternative? . http://mavericksunit e.blogspot.co.uk/ Pendlesider

9:56am Sun 14 Oct 12

jimpy0 says...

your all slamming the government - but YOU wanted green and green is expensive.
your all slamming the government - but YOU wanted green and green is expensive. jimpy0

12:52pm Sun 14 Oct 12

HairyBowls says...

Dont fall for any of it. Privatisation only leads to lower prices when cartels are not in charge...and this country has more organised cartels at play than anyone else.
Dont fall for any of it. Privatisation only leads to lower prices when cartels are not in charge...and this country has more organised cartels at play than anyone else. HairyBowls

7:56pm Sun 14 Oct 12

Good call says...

jimpy0 wrote:
your all slamming the government - but YOU wanted green and green is expensive.
No actually when where we asked about wanting "green".The utility companies are using it as an excuse to extort more money out of us.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: your all slamming the government - but YOU wanted green and green is expensive.[/p][/quote]No actually when where we asked about wanting "green".The utility companies are using it as an excuse to extort more money out of us. Good call

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